Welcome back to the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet-Along! This week we will be working on the Double Crochet & Slip Stitch Square (LW4132-10), which you can find here. This is the final square posted for this challenge; the links to the previous weeks are listed at the bottom of this post. After you complete this square you just have to assemble the throw and add the border!
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We post pictures of how to do each stitch pattern and crochet a very small sample as an example. Use the stitch counts in the actual pattern to make the square big enough for an afghan.
As with most of the textured squares, start by chaining 36 and then doing single crochet for the first row, for a total of 35 single crochet.
Row 2 starts the double crochet and slip stitch pattern. You’ll chain 1 to move your hook up to the next row, and then you’ll slip stitch into the first stitch, double crochet into the second stitch, slip stitch into the third stitch and so on, alternating slip stitches and double crochets across the row. You’ll end with a slip stitch. All even numbered rows are wrong side rows, so the pattern creates a texture on the opposite side from the one you just worked.
Row 3 is a regular row of double crochet. The first time you complete this row it might be difficult as the double crochets somewhat hide the slip stitches, so it might be difficult at first to figure out where to put your hook.
You’ll alternate Row 2 and Row 3, ending with Row 2.
After your final row, do not fasten off. Just turn your work so the right side is facing you and single crochet across the top, down the side, across the opposite side of the foundation chain, and up the other side. In each corner stitch you’ll do a single crochet, chain 3, and another single crochet to make the corner lay flat.
To work the border evenly so you have 33 sc evenly spaced along the side edges, the designer recommends marking Rows 5, 11, 17 and 23. Skip the unmarked rows, single crochet in the end of each marked row (removing the markers first) and single crocheting in the top of and around the posts of every double crochet row.
Now you’re finished! Join us in two weeks on June 25, 2014 for the instructions on finishing the throw and working the border, as well as all of the square patterns together in one PDF!
Introduction to the Crochet Along
Back Loops Square
Front Post Treble Crochet Square
Raised Crochet Treble Square
Front Post Double Crochet Square
Back Loop & Front Loops Square
Front Post Double Crochet around Single Crochet Square
Shells with Front & Back Post Stitches Square
Double Crochet & Slip Stitch Square